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How Hot Is Too Hot?

I live in Texas

I train outside

nearly passed out on DL day after getting 3 x 305. This was work set 1. Temp outside was 102 with a heat index of 109. I like training outside but how hot is too hot for lifting outside?

This, IMO, is a very personalized question. It takes in many considerations including: how adapted your body is to training in that environment with a certain level of intensity, are you in shade or not, how hydrated you are, how well fed you are, etc.

My opinion, if you feel like you’re going to pass out, it’s too hot. I live in Tampa, Florida (moved here about 10 months ago from Michigan) and do a bit of running after work when its 95+ degrees. I can make it about 25 minutes before I’m spent. I’m not tired, I’m not worn out, but I just can feel my body say “this is too much” (especially when there’s not an ounce of wind). That being said, I’ll watch people run for 60 minutes at the same time, but they’ve been training at such temps for a long time.

When I was in Iraq, I was outside all the time with heavy loads of equipment. I didn’t have a problem running for an hour in 100+ degrees.

Sorry my post isn’t very linear, but I think you’ll get the point.

Nothing wrong with working in heat but you should pay attention to your body and monitor for signs of heat exhaustion, and what can progress to heat stroke.

Here is a link if you need it: http://www.medicinenet.com/heat_exhaustion/article.htm

[quote]Evolv wrote:
Nothing wrong with working in heat but you should pay attention to your body and monitor for signs of heat exhaustion, and what can progress to heat stroke.

Here is a link if you need it: http://www.medicinenet.com/heat_exhaustion/article.htm [/quote]

thanks for the link…I had all those symptoms the other day. No wonder I couldn’t lift as heavy as normal.

The biggest thing really is making sure you have enough water. In that kind of heat you’re gonna be wanting to be drinking so much water your pee is clear through the time surrounding your workout.

Blizzard deadlift kid says you’re crazy.

If you have the opportunity to sit in a cooler place (indoors maybe) between sets, take it.

Not the first thing you should fix, but the nice little nootropic vinpocetine could perhaps make sure your head gets so much blood that you don’t pass out anyway.

Why do you workout outside? That extra hardcore factor?

[quote]SSC wrote:
Why do you workout outside? That extra hardcore factor?[/quote]

I’ll be honest.

I’m impressed. I would feel like asshole just walking from my car to the gym in that heat, lol.

[quote]SSC wrote:
Why do you workout outside? That extra hardcore factor?[/quote]

If you ever get a chance to try it, you should. It’s a rush to be honest. Attached to my gym is a boxing gym with no A/C and every few week(in Tampa, Fl), I’ll knock out a workout in there. It just feels…different. That’s my personal take.

As others have said, You will be fine if:

  1. You drink plenty of water
  2. You are acclimated.

[quote]SSC wrote:
Why do you workout outside? That extra hardcore factor?[/quote]

Don’t know about OP but in my case, I work out outside in my yard because I have a home gym that doesn’t fit anywhere in my condo.